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Ivanka Reassures That Merkel Isn't 'Using' Relationship To Influence President

Ivanka Trump denied Wednesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to take advantage of her friendship with the president’s daughter to affect U.S. policy, according to The Hill.

“I don’t think that she is using the relationship,” Ivanka Trump said on the “Today” show on NBC. “I think that she sees me as a woman who is aligned with her on many issues. I think she has a great relationship with my father.”

The “first daughter” works out of an office in the West Wing of the White House as an unpaid special assistant to the president. On Tuesday, she joined Merkel for a panel discussion about women’s empowerment at the W-20 summit in Berlin. When Ivanka Trump claimed that her father is a “tremendous champion of supporting families,” many of those in the audience booed or scoffed.

An NBC News reporter at the event asked Ivanka Trump about a story in the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung that accused her of being an “accomplice” of the Trump administration. The president’s daughter said she did not appreciate the article’s “intonation” and criticized the news media.

Jesse Watters declared on Fox News’ “The Five” that while liberals claim to support women, they often slam Ivanka Trump and other powerful women with whom they disagree politically. Another commentator on the show, Dana Perino, praised Trump’s daughter for accepting Merkel’s invitation to take part in the panel discussion.

According to Bloomberg, Merkel thanked Ivanka Trump for her contribution to the discussion. “I’m very glad that you braved this trip to Germany,” she said in a video on Twitter. “I hope we were a good audience for you and that you’ll take some new ideas home with you.”

The chancellor praised the president’s daughter for supporting the creation of an international fund to help female entrepreneurs in low-income nations. Merkel, whose country will host President Trump and other heads of state at July’s G-20 summit, pledged to “spare no effort” in urging other countries to contribute to the fund.

Source: The Hill
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